Maudie Lou Hart

Maudie Lou Hart

Maudie Lou Hart, 86, of Anna, died at 3:43 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

She was born on Oct. 8, 1930, in Miller City, the daughter of Claude E. and Grace Eidson Clinton.

She married James Eugene “Gene” Hart on Jan. 2, 1955.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gene Hart of Anna; a daughter, Sandra (Glen) Gibbons of Marion; a son, Brent (Deena) Hart of Tamms; a son-in-law, Tim Hendershott of Cape Girardeau; granddaughters Stephanie (Dan) Little, Alexis Gibbons (Micah Sardell) and Ella Grace Hart; grandsons Clinton (Casey Lorenz) Hendershott and Kirk (Trisha) Hendershott; great-grandchildren Haydan and Haylee Little, Caedan Hendershott, Konner and Kellan Hendershott; one sister, Doris (Bert) Robinson of De Land, Fla.; a brother-in-law, John Du Rall of St. Louis; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant twin sons Wendell Dean and Randell Gene Hart; a daughter, Debra Lynn Hendershott; and two sisters, Claudine Du Rall and Vernamae Greenley.

She served alongside her husband, Gene, at Unity Baptist Church in Unity, Mill Creek Baptist Church in Mill Creek, Rock Branch Baptist Church in Union, Miss., Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden, First Baptist Church in Tamms, New Hope Baptist Church in Buncombe and Lockard Chapel Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Her love of music was displayed in church choirs, directing music, playing the piano and the organ or leading Vacation Bible School music.

She taught young children in Sunday School and filled in where needed as she served her Lord. Her family said her love for the Lord was never missed but shone brightly in her servant life.

She loved and cared for her children and grandchildren in her home, nurturing and teaching invaluable lessons, and cooking zillions of meals. She made many quilts, cared for other children and taught piano lessons as well. Her family said she had a way of hospitality for family and friends and even passersby needing good food for a hungry tummy and kind loving words for a hungry soul. Love and family were the heart of her service.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hart will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, today, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Mark Mohler officiating. Interment will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Villa Ridge.

Friends can call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, today, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Memorials can be made to the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home or to Lockard Chapel Baptist Church.

To leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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